No matter how often you walk, nothing tops a play session with another dog to tire out your energetic pooch. Luckily, St. Louis is home to several top-notch, off-leash dog parks with acres of land dedicated to letting Fido get his fix.
And let’s face it: dog parks can be a blessing. While we may not always have the time or energy to exercise, having a good dog park close by makes all the difference for the canine in your life.
Yes, big and small, St Louis has them all, spanning from Chesterfield to St Charles, Creve Coeur to Downtown. We’re happy to save you the Goldilocks Routine with our new blog post ranking the ‘Top 5 Dog Parks in St. Louis!’
1. Treecourt Unleashed Dog Adventure Park – Manchester
2499 Marshall Rd, Saint Louis MO 63122
Devout dog parents rejoice, Treecourt Unleashed Dog Adventure Park is one of the largest and well-maintained dog parks in the area. This former country club features an impressive 11 acres with open areas for running and playing fetch, natural stream for Fido to cool off, large shade trees, and walking trails throughout. Although you’ll pay a bit more for the privilege, you can rest easy knowing your pup has the best. Click here to learn more about Treecourt Unleashed Dog Adventure Park!
PRO-TIP: Not only does Treecourt require updated vaccinations of all of its canine patrons, they also perform a brief temperament test before granting membership. We also hear the friendly owner, Wayne, learns the name of every dog who joins!
2. Broemmelsiek Park – Wentzville
4301 Wilson Rd, Wentzville MO 63385
One of the area’s largest off-leash dog parks also happens to be free! This massive 4.7 acre of land features a covered shelter, a grove of shade trees, a dock and small pond for water entertainment. Broemmelsiek Park also serves as the location for the annual Paws in the Park celebration, a fun off-leash festival packed with contests, giveaways, K-9 and obedience skill demonstrations, and more. Click here to visit Broemmelsiek Park’s website.
PRO-TIP: Occasionally, due to inclement conditions, the Parks Department is forced to close the dog parks to protect them from damage. To learn the status of the parks before you visit, call 636.949.7475.
3. Saint Louis University Sculpture Park and Dog Park – Midtown
1 N Grand Blvd. Saint Louis, MO 63103
At first glance this large enclosure off of busy Grand Ave. appears to be a colorful sculpture garden, but stay a few moments and you may notice the dogs weaving between those pieces of art! Open Wednesdays- Sundays pending nice conditions, this large, off-leash play area is a gem amid the bustling streets for city-dwelling pups! Oh, did we mention it’s free? Make sure you check their Twitter account before you go!
PRO-TIP: We highly recommend putting small dogs on a leash when trying this park out for the first time. Unfortunately, the SLU Sculpture Park and Dog Park has an escape risk due to the size of slats between the fence. We won’t complain since we’re thankful for a free, and well-maintained dog park in the city, but certainly, use caution.
4. Frenchtown Dog Park – Soulard
Near Soulard & South 10th Streets, St. Louis, MO 63104
Known for their popular social events, the Frenchtown Dog Park, with over ¾ acre of land, makes our list at #4. Membership is easy and affordable, and dog parents in the metro couldn’t be happier with this urban, green space perfect for exercising their dogs and socializing with their neighbors. Past events include a HOWL-oween Pup Crawl, pictures with Santa, and recurring Yappy Hours. Click here for more information about how you can join!
PRO-TIP: Make sure Fido stays hydrated! While dog parks should always have water close by, sometimes it’s better to not leave it to chance. Check out these simple dog water bottles you can bring along on any warm day!
5. DuSable Dog Park – St. Charles
2598 N Main St, St. Charles, MO 63001
DuSable Dog Park is a free, 2.5-acre facility in St. Charles providing an area for your pal to run leash-free. The park is divided into three sections; two of them often rotated between large and small dogs to prevent wear and tear of the grass. Patrons also enjoy a covered shelter and restrooms on-site. Click here to start planning your visit to DuSable Dog Park!
PRO-TIP: Make sure you’re practicing dog park etiquette! Do you know when you intervene when play gets too rough? Click here for PetMD’s Guide to Dog Park Behavior.
That’s our list! Not finding one that’s close by? Check out STL Today’s 2018 interactive St. Louis Dog Park Guide!